BLEACH 2022 anime adaptation, covering the Thousand-Year Blood War arc (TYBWA), revealed a new key visual for the finale of the first cour. The finale will be a 60-minute special episode. The second cour is slated for 2023.
The main cast attended the Jump Festa ’23 panel during which the key visual was revealed. Tite Kubo was also part of the discussion and he talked about supervising the anime and changing things up by not adapting all the scenes from the manga and adding anime original scenes.
Masakazu Morita and Yuki Matsuoka are reprising their roles as Ichigo and Orihime. Takayuki Sugo is joining as Yhwach. You can check out the full voice cast, while the staff for the anime includes:
- Director: Tomohisa Taguchi
- Character Designer: Masashi Kudo
- Series Composition: Masaki Hiramatsu, Tomohisa Taguchi
- Chief Animation Director: Michio Hasegawa, Sei Komatsubara, Kumiko Takanayagi
- Music: Shiro Sagisu
Studio Pierrot previously produced the original TV anime adaptation of Tite Kubo’s BLEACH manga, which aired between October 2004 and March 2012 with a total of 366 episodes. VIZ Media licensed it in English, and they describe the BLEACH 2022 (TYBWA) story:
The peace is suddenly broken when warning sirens blare through the Soul Society. Residents there are disappearing without a trace and nobody knows who’s behind it, meanwhile, a dark shadow is also extending itself toward Ichigo and his friends in Karakura Town…
Source: Official Twitter, Jump Festa 2023
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